South-west England


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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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Warner collection sale: English items assembled over nearly four decades produce suitable results

14 October 2019

Market freshness, provenance and attractive estimates were the features that held sway to ensure a high selling rate for a single-owner collection of British delftwares offered at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium).

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Fine examples of Mughal craftsmanship appear at auction

14 October 2019

Made in Gujarat or Sindh in the 18th century, a sandalwood table cabinet profusely inlaid with ivory flowers and tendrils throughout was a fine example of Mughal craftsmanship and led the way at a recent sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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5 Questions with Jayne Brady

14 October 2019

Jayne Brady runs vintage antiques shop Piglets Vintage in Bedminster, Bristol.

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On the scent of silver at Marlborough College Fair

14 October 2019

A hardstone inlaid scent bottle, c.1905, by Joseph Cook & Son of Birmingham, is among the wide selection of silver available at the next Marlborough College Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

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Two Mod Brit works back on market in Dorset saleroom

14 October 2019

Oil paintings by two significant names in Modern British art made their first appearances on the market in decades at an auction in Dorset.

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Soaked and shabby world map revealed to be by John Speed makes more than five times high estimate

09 October 2019

A 17th century map by John Speed (1552-1629) sold at a Woolley & Wallis auction last week after being dumped in a wet, broken frame at a London charity shop.

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Trio of early Far Eastern photography lots top Gloucestershire auction

07 October 2019

Three lots by pioneering Scottish travel photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) led a sale of 19th and 20th century photography at the Dominic Winter auction last week.

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Slice of life from rustic to refined at the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair

07 October 2019

Somerset fair features more than 50 dealers with theme of ‘antiques in a contemporary home’.

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Autumn falls nicely for this Bath fair date

07 October 2019

Timing is important. Talking about her September Bath Vintage and Antiques Market, held every month in Bath’s old Green Park Station, Naomi Knight said: “Although we have lost some space over the years, we were fully booked with 45 high-quality dealers and there was a great atmosphere."

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Alan Peters record set in saleroom

07 October 2019

Underlining the market move from antique furniture to 20th century craftsman design, a 1982-83 chest of drawers set a record for a work by Alan Peters at the Modern British Living sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham.

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News makes its way from the East Indies

07 October 2019

Shown below are the frontispiece and title-page of Newes from the East-Indies..., a 1638 account by William Bruton of his travels in ‘Bengalla’.

Athelhampton House in Puddletown, Dorset

10 top lots on offer at Duke’s auction of contents from Athelhampton House

03 October 2019

“Good old-fashioned country house auctions are a rarity these days and it is a privilege to organise one against such an historic backdrop.” So says Guy Schwinge of Dorchester auction house Duke’s, referring to the upcoming sale of the contents from Athelhampton House in Dorset.

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Pick of the week: Polynesian war club is a big hit in Salisbury

30 September 2019

A tribal war club from the Marquesas Islands with textbook provenance has sold for £71,000 at Woolley & Wallis. The u’u (head club) came for sale at the Salisbury saleroom from the descendants of an early-19th century missionary.

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Younger buyers taking a look at Lostwithiel Antique Fair

30 September 2019

The Lostwithiel Antique Fair was started by Lynne and Richard Bonehill (the late actor and sabre champion). The current organisers Anne and Nigel Allen will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the monthly fair on Sunday, October 13, in the town’s community centre.

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Dramatic clifftop location for hotel fair in Cornwall

30 September 2019

Built in the 1960s, the family-owned Bedruthan Hotel at Mawgan Porth, near Newquay on the north Cornish coast, is set in a dramatic clifftop location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Preview: Ancient and Neoclassical gems from Salisbury sale

30 September 2019

The jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on October 30 includes over 60 engraved gems – both ancient and Neoclassical – from several single-owner collections. A selection of rings is pictured here:

Antiques and collectors’ fair Pools resources in Cornwall

30 September 2019

The 19-acre former South Crofty tin and copper mine in the village of Pool, near Redruth in west Cornwall, closed as recently as 1996 and is now part of a local mining landscape World Heritage Site.

Monthly regularity for long-running fair in Liskeard

30 September 2019

Antiques Fairs Cornwall, which runs a biannual two-day fair at the Royal Cornwall Showground, holds its regular monthly antiques and collectors’ fair at Pensilva near Liskeard. This is the largest one-day fair in Cornwall with up to 74 stands.

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